Helen Baked: Chocolate Biscuit Christmas Trees
Hooray! It is now December which means Christmas baking. This month my kitchen is in overdrive…
I thought I’d show you a simple biscuit recipe this month which can fulfil a variety of purposes. You could keep them plain to dunk into a well deserved cuppa, cover them with royal icing and edible glitter or cut out a similar shape in sugarpaste and stick together with some sugar glue (icing sugar and water mixed into a thin paste).
The biscuits can then be placed onto pretty plates or stuck to a plain white Christmas cake to jazz it up. I’m going to use mine to create a scene for my daughter’s Peppa Pig birthday cake.
I find sugarpaste is the easiest and quickest option as you simply cut out a shape to match the biscuit with the icing. You can buy sugarpaste already coloured or colour it yourself with a colour paste (don’t use a liquid as you’ll need lots to achieve a deep colour). They can be found in craft shops.
Chocolate Biscuit Christmas Trees
- 200g butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 350g plain flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- Cream the butter and the sugar using an electric mixer.
- Add the egg and beat a little more.
- Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until you get dough. At the end you may find it is easier to knead it together with your hands.
- Wrap in a food bag and place in the fridge for half and hour.
- Heat oven to 160 fan.
- Take the dough out the fridge, roll out (not too thin) and cut out with your choice of cutter.
- Place in the oven for around 10 minutes.
- When they’ve cooled cover with your choice of icing.
About the author
Give Helen Redfern a mixer, an oven, a few ingredients and a laptop and she’s happy. If she could find a way to stop getting sticky cake mixture on her laptop she’d be even happier! Helen’s passionate about simple, family baking and believes anyone can create delicious homemade masterpieces. She blogs about her writing life which involves a huge variety of cake, food and recipe reviews at helenredfern.wordpress.com and you can also find her on Twitter.